MEXICO CITY — Thieves drilled taps into fuel pipelines not far from downtown Mexico City in one of the most daring and dangerous of thousands of illegal taps investigators find each year.
Most pipeline thefts have occurred in rural areas, but the Mexico City prosecutor’s office said late Wednesday that two sets of illegal taps had been found at warehouses in heavily populated areas just about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the city’s center.
The office said 14 people were arrested in raids at the two sites, and a tanker truck and fuel containers were seized.
In February, the state-owned oil company Pemex announced that to discourage thefts it would no longer transport finished, usable gasoline through its pipelines. That plan has been implemented only in part.
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